We’re Number One!.. In Lowest Per-Student School Spending

by David Safier The Saturday Daily Star has it exactly right in its editorial, Legislature continues to shortchange kids. “Arizona’s record of supporting public education is abysmal,” it states. Arizona is the worst in the nation on per-student school spending, according to Quality Counts 2008, an annual education report by the non-profit organization Education Week. … Read more

Blogging About Education

by David Safier

When Mike and I worked together blogging the election integrity trial last December, I asked if he would give me the opportunity to blog about education on this site once the trial was over. He grilled me during a lunch break to see if I had anything to say, and I guess he decided I did. So here I am.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I taught high school, mainly in Portland, Oregon, for over 30 years. My field was English — I taught all grade levels and ability groups –- then I took a break for awhile to teach photography and advise the yearbook. I ended where I began, teaching English. When I retired a few years ago, I moved to Tucson.

I taught at three public high schools. Most students at the first school were at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. The teachers were mediocre, the administration was mediocre, and the school’s budget was in such bad shape, we had to cut back from a seven to a five period day. The school didn’t do a very good job educating its students, and, to be honest, neither did I.

Read more about David’s calling to the blog after the flip…

A Layman’s View of the Trial’s Aftermath

by David Safier When I wrote a post after the election integrity trial and before Judge Miller’s ruling (A Layman’s View of the Election Integrity Trial), I tried to predict how he would rule based on my assessment of his intellect and temperament. I was close. Judge Miller ruled that databases the Democrats are seeking … Read more